Welcome to Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme created by Marcia, formerly from The Printed Page, where book lovers share the titles they received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the past week. Mailbox Monday currently is on tour, and this month’s host is Bermudaonion.
Here’s what I received:
Birthday gifts from my husband and daughter:
The Importance of Being Emma by Juliet Archer (Amazon)
Mark Knightley — handsome, clever, rich — is used to women falling at his feet. Except Emma Woodhouse, who’s like part of the family — and the furniture. When their relationship changes dramatically, is it an ending or a new beginning?
Emma’s grown into a stunningly attractive young woman, full of ideas for modernising her family business. Then Mark gets involved and the sparks begin to fly. It’s just like the old days, except that now he’s seeing her through totally new eyes.
While Mark struggles to keep his feelings in check, Emma remains immune to the Knightley charm. She’s never forgotten that embarrassing moment when he discovered her teenage crush on him. He’s still pouring scorn on all her projects, especially her beautifully orchestrated campaign to find Mr. Right for her ditzy PA. And finally, when the mysterious Flynn Churchill — the man of her dreams — turns up, how could she have eyes for anyone else?
With its clueless heroine and entertaining plot, this modern re-telling of Jane Austen’s Emma stays true to the original, while giving fresh insights into the mind of its thoroughly updated and irresistible hero. (publisher’s summary)
The irrepressible Emma is restless…and Mr. Knightley’s apparently endless patience is tried, not only by her strong mind and high spirits but also by the problems of his brother John and the return of a widowed Frank Churchill.
After a year of marriage, Emma wants Knightley to stop treating her like a child. Knightley meanwhile wants his young bride to love him as a husband, not as the man she’s always looked up to. With tragedy in the offing, and events unfolding that include beloved characters from Jane Austen’s Emma, the couple must find their way to each other, and to perfect happiness.
With a wonderful grasp of the manners and style of the day, this warm and witty exploration of a marriage between a young country heiress and the man who adores her fulfills the romantic longings of Jane Austen lovers everywhere. (publisher’s summary)
George Knightley is the owner of a considerable estate, a landlord, a magistrate, and a bachelor — a state that his brother John is perpetually prodding him to change. Thankfully, there is no one remotely suitable in his entire circle of acquaintance…or so he thinks. An unwanted interloper, a few romantic mishaps among friends, and the dawning realization that Emma Woodhouse is no longer a child might just change everything.
In the tradition of fellow Crownhill Writers Pamela Aidan (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman) and Susan Kaye (Frederick Wentworth, Captain), Barbara Cornthwaite has written a retelling of one of Jane Austen’s novels from the hero’s point of view. Carefully researched and skillfully written, George Knightley, Esquire tells the other side of Emma’s story. (publisher’s summary)
A rival for the hand of Emma Woodhouse has brought about George Knightley’s realization of the true nature of his attachment to her. He is determined to win her in spite of Frank Churchill’s charming ways, and he has only to figure out how to make her realize that they were meant for each other. As he joins the ranks of the heart-sore men of Donwell, hope grows ever more faint, but good news sometimes comes at the most unexpected moments.
Barbara Cornthwaite has written a retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma from the hero’s point of view. Carefully researched and skillfully written, this final book in the George Knightley, Esquire series tells the other side of Emma’s story. (publisher’s summary)
Amanda (The Austen Series, Book 5) by Debra White Smith (Amazon)
If you’re a Jane Austen fan, you’ll love the engaging characters, contemporary situations, issues of faith, and intricacies of love in Debra White Smith’s updated retelling of Austen’s endearing book Emma.
Smart, funny, and generous, Amanda Priebe is a great friend to have…until the matchmaking bug bites. Deciding that her secretary Haley, needs a beau, Amanda dreams up the perfect match — Pastor Mason Eldridge. Never mind that Haley is seeing Roger, a respectable dairy farmer. And it doesn’t really matter that Mason might be attracted to someone else.
When it comes to her own heart, Amanda can’t seem to make up her mind what she wants to do. The handsome and debonair Franklyn West is available…so is the ever-present Nate Knighton.
In this tangled web of best-laid plans, who will end up with whom? Will Haley find true love? Will Amanda realize what her heart’s known all along? (publisher’s summary)
Giveaway win from My Jane Austen Book Club:
Sons and Daughters carries on the story first begun in Pride and Prejudice and continued in Darcy and Fitzwilliam. These cousins — these best of friends — have lived as brothers, fought as brothers, are there for each other in a clinch, as brothers.
The Regency Era’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are back… (publisher’s summary)
What books did you add to your shelves recently?
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